Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra”: A Great Historical Drama
There is much more to Verdi than Aida, Traviata and the Requiem! Mighty as these works are, there is a case to be made that he truly surpassed himself in the magisterial, dark, sumptuous score of “Simon Boccanegra”. This is the opera that has everything: love, murder, and that greatest of political themes – how do we choose our rulers, and what do we expect from them?
Tim Porter is an itinerant lecturer, with two subject areas: music and the middle Ages. Trained originally in music, Tim worked as a composer in touring theatre during the 1970s and 1980s, but his studies, researches and explorations of medieval Britain always developed alongside. Tim’s theatre career moved gradually forward into adult education and was a WEA tutor for over 30 years and runs courses at residential colleges. He is a guest lecturer at museums, including the Ashmolean in Oxford, and works as a tour guide for specialist history groups. He is a member of the Arts Society register, and speaks to history societies, music clubs, and organisations of many other types. For him, context is the key – whether relating a medieval building to its underlying landscape or linking a symphony to the social background of a great musician, Tim believes in the power of the wider picture, and those lively connections that bring a subject into the light.
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